- Tomorrow we fast (A.J. Boyd assistant Viewpoint editor)
Today we feast. Tomorrow we fast. That's the idea anyway, but what's the point? Bishop James Crawley, retired of this diocese and at 85 still going strong, gave an excellent homily this last Sunday on the idea of the Lenten Discipline as being focused on others and not merely on sacrificing chocolate or beer. In doing so we should increase our charity and other virtues, and conform our lives to that of Christ.
- Deep moments in required classes (Mary Beth Ellis Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Atitudes)
I have struck up an e-mail friendship with a college freshman, to whom I often allocate certain pearls of wisdom that only a Real World-embattled graduate is capable of dispensing, such as how to magically transform a five-page paper into a seven-page one by changing the font. She is grateful for my assistance and shows it by whining a great deal about her required courses. I take this as an offense and a challenge. Nobody out-whines me where cores are concerned:
- `War on drugs' is ineffective (Letter to the Editor )
The United States has a higher percentage of our population imprisoned than any other country in the world. The number of prisoners is expected to double over the next 20 years. We can barely build enough prisons to keep up the pace. All of this at a time when FBI statisics show the crime rate to be dropping steadily each year.
- UHS is endangering students (Letter to the Editor )
I would like to respond to Ann Thompson's letter to the editor, published in The Observer last Friday. The author of the anonymous letter, printed last week, should be outraged at Ms. Thompson's callous critique of their reaction to the lost blood sample. No doubt, the nurse and laboratory technician did not intend to misplace the sample, but to dismiss the incident as an example of how "life isn't always perfect" is an insult not only to the person whose blood sample was lost, but to anyone who has ever experienced a problem with the University Health Services. I have spoken with countless individuals who have been the victims of misdiagnoses and poor medical treatment at the campus infirmary, and I would like to take this opportunity to share my personal experience and that of a friend who is very dear to me.
- Holding out hope in students and alumni (Letter to the Editor )
Our Notre Dame Family, we address you as members of our family. Our brothers, sisters, friends; we came to this school in the pursuit of more than an education — we came in pursuit of a community in which we could all feel accepted. Hand picked by the admissions office, each one of us worked hard to get here and work harder each day to stay an integral part of this community. But we are not perfect. We make mistakes, piss off friends, get ejected from football games for doing pushups in the stands and even get thrown out of Reckers for spilling things. We are human, what can you expect?
- Members consider revamping graffiti dance (By HELENA RAYAM News Writer)
The Campus Life Council tackled freshman orientation concerns and passed three resolutions during Monday's meeting.
- Virmontes to speak at SMC (By NICOLE HADDAD News Writer)
Helena Maria Virmontes, critically acclaimed author and professor of English at Cornell University, will deliver this year's Commencement address at Saint Mary's on May 20.
- Bush, Gore close to clinching nominations (By BRIGID SWEENEY News Writer)
After months of stump speeches and a week of especially furious campaigning, today may be a day of reckoning for the four major presidential candidates as 16 states hold primaries and caucuses.
- Dennis: nuns' murder shows greed (By KAREN SCHAFF News Writer)
The story of four nuns murdered in El Salvador illustrates the greed for power, said Marie Dennis, director of the Maryknoll Office for Global concerns, in a lecture Monday.
- Let us say `Ughhh — Long live rap music' (Todd Callais Scene music critic)
When I read Andrew Jones' article two weeks ago about music at ND dances and on the radio, I was shocked and dismayed by the inconsistency of his opinions. It seems hypocritical to criticize rap while praising the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Dave Matthews Band and Phish. He stated that while he can occasionally listen to rap, we, as a campus, can not actually consider it music. He claimed that rap was only about ridiculous or unoriginal topics like prostitution, drugs or "ghetto life in general." Finally he stated that rap is overplayed at dances and that it turns us into mindless zombies flailing our bodies around to random beats and profanities put forth by rap icons.
- Bands at Stepan show are `decent,' varied Vertical Horizon & Stroke 9 perform to an interesting mix of concert-goers (COREY HARTMANN Scene Movie Critic)
From Notre Dame Students to high schoolers, everyone at Stepan Center on March 1 seemed to enjoy themselves. Vertical Horizon and Stroke 9 held a concert that helped people put faces to the performers of those songs they always hear on the radio. It also gave everyone attending a chance to hear some other material from the two great bands.
- A shy Mr. `Misery' delights Chicago crowd (CHRISTOPHER McGOVERN Scene Music Critic)
Elliott Smith's music has always been a study in contradictions. His songs are beautiful and emotional, yet the lyrics are stark and depressing. Even his happier songs usually have a sad twist to them. This trend of contradiction remained apparent throughout his performance at Chicago's Empty Bottle on Saturday, February 26.